Minneapolis Institute of Arts West Gallery

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Architect of Record: RSP Architects
  • Client: Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Project Highlights

  • 117,000 square foot expansion
  • Three stories set on full basement
  • Cast-in-place concrete


MBJ’s participation in this project continues a long-time working relationship with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. As part of the MIA’s strategic plan to display a greater portion of its growing art collection, the 117,000 square foot expansion increases gallery space by forty percent. Set on a full basement, the three-story addition accommodates exhibition, library, study, and classroom spaces, as well as back-of-the-house and loading docks. The main structural system is wide-module pan-and-joist cast-in-place concrete with post-tensioned girders.

MBJ was also structural engineer for the 86,000 square foot renovation and 32,000 square foot Asian Gallery Addition to the MIA in 1998.